Fantasy Surprises: Week Three

Last week was hit and miss for my fantasy surprises. LeSean McCoy had a huge day totaling three touchdowns and Mike Williams along with the Raiders defense were efficient but that was about it. When the quarterback you predict to do pretty well (in my case Jason Campbell) gets benched at halftime, it is never a good sign. Hopefully my selections this week will make up for it as well as the new weekly feature at the end of the post.

QB: Sam Bradford vs Redskins

Through the first two weeks, Bradford hasn’t all that bad for the Rams as the team has had the opportunity to win each game down the stretch. Now he goes up against a Redskins pass defense that has struggled of late and while he doesn’t have the weapons the Redskins other opponents have, he has the chance to put together solid numbers when it is all said and done. Expect around 180 yards and a touchdown.

RB: Correll Buckhalter vs Colts

Buckhalter has been a popular pickup the past few days and for good reason. Knowshon Moreno has already been ruled out for the game and now plays a Colts defense that is struggling against the run. The Broncos know that if they want to have any shot at beating the Colts they need to construct long drives so the running game should be in full effect. Expect around 100 total yards and a touchdown.

WR: Dez Bryant vs Texans

The Cowboys haven’t had many bright spots this year but Bryant getting better each week has to be one of them. Now he goes up against a Texans pass defense that has really struggled and with defenses focusing on Miles Austin, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Bryant score his first career receiving touchdown. Expect around 80 yards and a touchdown.

TE: Marcedes Lewis vs Eagles

Lewis never had much attention in fantasy formats until his two touchdown performance in week one. He didn’t disappoint in week two either as he had 70 yards for the game. Now he plays an Eagles defense that struggled in the middle of the field and allowed Brandon Pettigrew to go over 100 yards. Lewis is quietly emerging as one of the leagues best all around tight ends and a solid performance here will make people notice. Expect around 70 yards and a touchdown.

K: Neil Rackers vs Cowboys

Playing for an explosive Texans team, Rackers could once again become one of the more valuable kickers in fantasy formats. Considering that this game has the potential to be a shoot out, Rackers could have a big impact in the outcome of many fantasy games. Expect around two field goals and three extra points.

DEF: Bengals vs Panthers

The Bengals defense looked like the unit last year that was one of the league’s best. Now the team plays a struggling Panthers offense where Jimmy Clausen is making his first career start. As long as the Bengals contain the dynamic running back duo of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, they should have a big week. Expect around three sacks, two interceptions and a fumble recovery.

Other fantasy notes:

Jahvid Best has four more touchdowns than Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew combined. However if you own any of the three backs listed you shouldn’t lose faith.  It seems that every top back has at least one “I got this” week where they single handedly lead your team to victory. It is possible that all three running backs could do that this week. All three have very favorable matchups and with their quarterbacks struggling should see plenty of action this week.

Of the three, the matchup I like the most is Jones-Drew. While he doesn’t have the speed of Best, Jones-Drew is a very efficient receiver and David Garrard will be looking for him early and often. A 200 total yard game with a few touchdowns is very possible.

Darren McFadden has been a big surprise so far and has another favorable matchup this week against the Cardinals. Even though Michael Bush is now healthy, it appears that McFadden should be seeing the majority of touches until further notice.

Two other players who could have an impact this week and might be available in your league are Rams receiver Mark Clayton and Jets tight end Dustin Keller.

Clayton is clearly Sam Bradford’s number one option in the passing game and could put up numbers against the struggling Redskins secondary.

Keller came up big last week with a 100 yard game against the Patriots but with the Jets receiving corps getting hit with legal troubles could be the guy Mark Sanchez looks for in the passing game.

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